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Browse Fall & Winter Writing Classes!

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For more information on the schedule,  the various formats of our writing classes, and cancellation policies, check out our About page. Information about Scholarships can be found on its own page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

For help finding writing classes, or if you’ve registered for an online class but haven’t received a Zoom link, contact our team or call us at 206.322.7030.

All classes are in Pacific Time. Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom. If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle. If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform. If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Click here to learn more about our in-person COVID-19 policies for fall.

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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): November 29
Member Registration: November 30
General Registration: December 7

What’s Scholarship Donation Day?

The first day of registration (the Monday before member registration opens) will now be open to anyone who donates $250 to our scholarship fund*. Donations must be made over the phone.

Call us at 206.322.7030 on November 29 to make your donation and sign up for the classes of your choosing.

*Applicable to specific scholarship fund donations made between member registration of the previous quarter and Scholarship Donation Day each quarter. 


Early Bird Pricing November 30 through December 13:

  • $10 off classes that are one to three sessions
  • $20 off classes that are four to eight sessions
  • $30 off classes that are ten sessions or more

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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Womxn of Color Finding the Heart of Our Stories

Intermediate | Who are you? What is your essential nature? What do you want and need? How can you cultivate compassion for your own weaknesses and for others? How can you speak your truth with clarity and trust on the…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 01/26/2022 - 5:00 pm PST

Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor is a mixed-race Chinese American writer, editor, coach, and teacher based in Seattle. Her essays have appeared in YES! Magazine, Longreads, The Seventh Wave, Witness, New England Review, Fourth Genre, Entropy, The Normal School, Los Angeles Review, Literary Mama, and many more. Anne is the recipient of fellowships from Hedgebrook, The Seventh Wave, Jack Straw Writers Program, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. She loves to support writers in finding their voice and community. Her memoir, Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging was released in 2021 and praised by Cheryl Strayed as “insightful, riveting, and beautifully written.” Learn more at www.anneliukellor.com

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Un(strict) Forms

All Levels | Open to beginners and seasoned formalists alike, this three-hour craft class and workshop will consider poetic forms—among them sonnets, villanelles, and haiku—as well as formalist impulses in structure and rhyme scheme with an eye (and ear) for…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Maya C. Popa

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Start Date: 01/30/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Maya C. Popa

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and author of American Faith (Sarabande, 2019), which was a recipient of the North American Book Prize and a runner-up in the Kathryn A. Morton Prize judged by Ocean Vuong. She is also the author of two chapbooks, both from the Diagram Chapbook Series: You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave and The Bees Have Been Canceled, which was a PBS Summer Choice.

About American Faith, Deborah Landau says, “Maya Popa’s clear-eyed lyrics register with steady power a spectrum of 21st century violences. In poems that take on the devastating pressure of climate change, gun violence, and our threatened democracy, Popa uses her gift to grieve and in grieving forge song. Revelatory yet emphatically unsentimental, Popa’s unflinching distillations illuminate the facets of our broken world; there is much wisdom here, and grace, and heart.” And of her poetry Publishers Weekly reflects, “Child of immigrants, teacher, woman in a vulnerable body, the speakers of Popa’s poems seek to set the record straight, knowing how little anyone listens—to poetry, of course, but to other people in general. Popa’s questing and questioning lyric poems are kind company amid the uncertainty of the modern world.”

A selection of poems from her manuscript in progress received 2nd place in The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize judged by John Burnside and Gillian Clarke, and she was recently Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize.

Popa is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Oxford Poetry Society, the Hippocrates Society in London, and the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, among others. She is the Poetry Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly and teaches poetry at NYU. She is director of creative writing at the Nightingale-Bamford school where she oversees visiting writers, workshops, and readings.

She holds degrees from Oxford University, NYU, and Barnard College and is currently pursuing her PhD on the role of wonder in poetry at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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For Poetry: A Workshop

Advanced | Designed for those with workshop experience, this class will create a supportive, constructively critical workshop aimed to help students make their poetry the best it can be. To inspire generative prompts, we’ll read Reginald Shepherd, Marilyn Chin, and…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 02/01/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Her poetry collection, Diagram of Parts, is forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press. Her poems have appeared in Chattahoochee Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

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Ethnicity & Craft

All Levels | In this session, we will explore craft issues related to ethnicity. How much do writers—and should writers—think about ethnicity and culture in the writing process? How do these considerations influence the choices we make as we write?…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jennifer De Leon

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Start Date: 02/01/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021.

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Melissa Febos’ Girlhood: Writing Against Patriarchy

Intermediate | Each week, we’ll read an essay from Melissa Febos’s new memoir-in-essays, Girlhood, and use her work as a basis for drafting our own essays about experiences of gender, sexuality, and embodiment. We’ll focus on how she uses writing…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kaelie Giffel

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Start Date: 02/01/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Kaelie Giffel

Kaelie Giffel is a writer, labor organizer and teacher, formerly based in Seattle, WA. Now, she is living in Durham, NC. Kaelie is working on a dissertation that blends literary criticism and memoir to critique contemporary patriarchy and capitalism. Kaelie has received fellowships to support her research, dissertation, and collaborative work with community colleges in Seattle. She has been published in academic and online venues, including Twentieth-Century Literature and Reimagining the PhD. She has previously taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Washington where she received teaching awards for her writing courses. She currently works as a sexual harassment prevention training specialist with University of Washington’s Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC), where she develops curriculum to empower workers against harassment. Her teaching style is trauma-informed and strengths-based, focusing on the knowledge students bring in and how best to help them build their writing projects.

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DIY Marketing for Writers

All Levels | Self-promotion is on just about every writer’s professional “to do” list. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to better engage with an audience and publishing professionals on social media—plus use digital tools such as Canva, Typeform, Spotify,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Rachel Werner

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Start Date: 02/03/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is a teaching artist for Hugo House, The Loft Literary Center and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in addition to being the founder of The Little Book Project WI. Her literary writing and craft essays have been featured by Off Menu Press, Digging Through The Fat and Voyage YA Literary Journal. A selection of Rachel's recipes are included in "Wisconsin Cocktails" (UW-Press, 2020)—and her poetry in the anthology “Hope Is The Thing: Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic” (The Wisconsin Historical Society, 2021). She also regularly contributes content to TheKitchn, The Spruce Eats and Fabulous Wisconsin.

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Gabriel García Márquez (EN ESPAÑOL)

Este curso se enfoca en Gabriel García Márquez, uno de los mejores escritores del siglo XX. Basados en sus trabajos, nos centraremos en cómo encontrar una historia, la elección del momento adecuado para comenzar, cómo aprovechar el punto de vista,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Margarita Borrero

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Start Date: 02/03/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Margarita Borrero

Doctora en literatura europea, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain

Margarita Borrero es novelista, premiada y publicada en España, y escritora de relatos, género en el que ha ganado media docena de primeros lugares en distintos certámenes en España, Estados Unidos y Canadá. Durante más de una década se ha desempeñado como docente de Escuela de escritores, una de las instituciones privadas de escritura creativa más grandes del mundo hispanohablante, miembro de la Asociación Europea de programas de escritura creativa. También ha trabajado como profesora asociada en Mount Saint Mary University, en Los Ángeles.

PhD European Literature, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain

Margarita Borrero is an award-winning novelist from Colombia. She has received numerous short story awards in Spain, Canada and the United States. She teaches at Madrid’s Escuela de Escritores, one of the top private creative writing institutions of the Hispanic world and a member of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs. She has also worked as an associate professor at Mount Saint Mary University in Los Angeles.

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Holding Hands With the Monster: Writing Horror From the Outside In

All Levels | Are you ready to invite the monster in? Join Sarah Gailey to learn the sensory and psychological secrets behind making your stories truly horrifying. This course will guide you through an iterative process of sowing deep, effective…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sarah Gailey

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Start Date: 02/04/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Sarah Gailey

Hugo Award Winner and Bestselling author Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe. Their short fiction credits include Vice and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula award finalist. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published in 2019. Their most recent novel, The Echo Wife, is available now. You can find links to their work at sarahgailey.com and on social media at @gaileyfrey.

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Emotion and Imagination: The Inner Life of Stories

All Levels | What is your deepest desire? Or your boldest dream? Emotions are the invisible landscape of stories—but how do you leverage your own inspiration to create a sense of wonder for readers? Come find the life of your…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Susan V. Meyers

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Start Date: 02/05/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Susan V. Meyers

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Find Your Feet: The Metrical Foot in Poetry

All Levels | “Meter has been called the heartbeat of poetry,” Paul Kiparsky wrote. “But like language itself, and music and dance, it pulsates more intricately than anything in the biological or physical world.” Controlling meter allows you to build…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Rena Priest

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Start Date: 02/05/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Rena Priest

Rena Priest is a Poet and an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She has been appointed to serve as Washington State's Poet Laureate for the term of April 2021-2023. She is the recipient of a Vadon Foundation Fellowship (2020), and an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award (2020). Her debut collection, Patriarchy Blues was published by MoonPath Press and received an American Book Award. Her second collection, Sublime Subliminal is available from Floating Bridge Press. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more at renapriest.com

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Writing The Fairytale Poem

All Levels | In this workshop, we will read and discuss works from contemporary poets that are inspired by characters, objects, and/or other components of fairytales and cultural myths to explore and reveal political, social, and/or personal truths. Students will…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Leonora Simonovis

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Start Date: 02/06/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Leonora Simonovis

Leonora Simonovis is a Venezuelan born poet, educator, and scholar who currently lives in San Diego, CA, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. She holds a Ph.D in Hispanic literatures from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Currently, she is a Professor of Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture at the University of San Diego (USD), where she also teaches Creative Writing in Spanish. Her experiences as a former competitive swimmer, an Aikidoka, and a trained yoga and meditation instructor, have led her to create a unique pedagogical approach that informs much of her writing. She believes that
nothing happens in isolation, everything is connected, especially when writing with others.

Her poetry manuscript Study of the Raft was selected by final judge Sherwin Bitsui as the winner of the 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry and will be published by The Center for Literary Publishing in November 2021. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The American Journal of Poetry, Tinderbox poetry Journal, The Rumpus, Inverted Syntax, Arkansas International, Gargoyle, and Diode Poetry Journal, among others.

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The Language of Ability and Disability

Intermediate | The words we use reflect assumptions about the rules of the worlds we create. This class will focus on word choice as it concerns characters and settings and how our assumptions about ability and disability creep into our…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jaye Viner

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Start Date: 02/06/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Jaye Viner

Jaye Viner lives with a tall human and two fur bombs. She knows just enough about a variety of things to embarrass herself at parties she never attends. Her novel, Jane of Battery Park, is available from Red Hen Press.

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Everything I Know About Writing, I Learned from John Williams

All Levels | These workshops will reveal just how much we can learn through a close reading of a single work. By laser-focusing our attention on one brilliant piece, we’ll be able to deconstruct all aspects of craft: narration, characterization,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 02/07/2022 - 6:00 pm PST

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World, will be published in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University, and lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and considerable anxiety.

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Dear Friend: Writing Letters, Writing Poems

All Levels | Using “Envelopes of Air” poems/letters between Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón as a starting point, we will explore how writing letters and writing poems have been intertwined for hundreds of years. This friendly, informal writing workshop is…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jory Mickelson

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Start Date: 02/09/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Jory Mickelson

Jory Mickelson is a queer, nonbinary writer and educator who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Their first book, WILDERNESS//KINGDOM, is the inaugural winner of the Evergreen Award Tour from Floating Bridge Press and winner of the 2020 High Plains Book Award in Poetry.

Their publications include Court Green, Painted Bride Quarterly, Jubilat, Sixth Finch, The Rumpus and other journals in the United States, Canada, and the UK. They are the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and have received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Winter Tangerine, Centrum Writers Conference, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.

They hold an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho and are an alumnus of Western Washington University in Bellingham. You can find out more about them and their work at www.jorymickelson.com

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Poetry I (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Whether a beginning poet or lover of the art, this class will introduce you to the beauty and complexity of writing and reading poetry, as well as the basics of the workshop model. We will look to image, metaphor, sound,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

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Start Date: 02/10/2022

Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Review, the Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Peñaloza has been teaching since 2005.

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